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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-22-13, 01:46 PM   #1
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Road bike recomendations

Alright so I finally have a job and am able to save up for a new bike. Iv'e decided that I want to buy a road bike and that I am gonna allow myself a budget of around 600$. I'm a 270 lb clyde that is about 5'7". What kind of road bike should I get? What spoke count should I look into? and should I look into purchasing a bike online? If so where should I look? I have an LBS but it is small and there selection is very limited.
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Old 09-22-13, 02:08 PM   #2
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Have you thought of a used bike?
You may get a lot more value than new in your price range.

Otherwise, I'm not tuned in on road bikes.
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Old 09-22-13, 02:12 PM   #3
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$600 should treat you better in the used marked. I'd look at reviews or specs on wheels. There are various factors that go into a wheel capacity, not just spoke count.
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Old 09-22-13, 04:32 PM   #4
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Like the others, I'd recommend used. A standard 32- or 36-spoke wheel should be fine if it's well built (you can have a mechanic retension a machine-built wheel). I imagine that Charlotte or Spartanburg has a bike co-op or a store that refurbishes used bikes for college students. A little searching turned up Lucky Cycles in Greenville, SC. You might also check out the Re-Cyclery, which sounds hit or miss, but you might luck out.
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Old 09-22-13, 04:46 PM   #5
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I'd find a classic roadie and save for a wheelset. Say schwinn paramount or circuit in a 52 or 54cm
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I agree on used. I got a used Allez with full ultegra for $700 when I got my first road bike. That was a few years and bikes ago, I was still well over 300...but the wheels were so good, I still have them as spares. 32 spoke Mavic Reflex with Shimano 600 hubs.
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Old 09-22-13, 07:02 PM   #7
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Go used:

Here is a nice one that might fit you.

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/4074281829.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/4061490038.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/4082369703.html

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/4081736556.html
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